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Life's a Peach

Peach season in Middle Tennessee runs from June to August, so now is prime time to get peachy. Because I love the juicy stone fruit so much, I try to fit one in at every meal once peach season rolls around.

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My Favorite Favas

Preparing fava beans is a labor of love, but sweetly satisfying. Once you've got them cooked and peeled, you can do anything with them, really. I like them to shine as the stars of a given dish.

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The Tomato-Watering Machine

After a winter storm in early May and 67-degree days and drizzle in mid-June, buying plants for a garden seemed like a risk. However, my friend, who is a master gardener, convinced me. She volunteered me for an experiment she wanted to try — a tomato-watering machine.

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The Sweet Surprise of Bitter Greens Pizza

These particular bitter greens tasted, well, bitter! But pair them with sweet caramelized onions, a little aromatic garlic and EVOO, creamy Italian cheese, sweet and crunchy pine nuts, and, should you desire, spicy turkey sausage, all on top of a pizza crust...and you kind of forget all about the bitterness.

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Vegetarian? Vegan? Raw Diet? What's the Difference?

Plant-based diets are gaining momentum and becoming more mainstream. Pop your head into any grocery store and you'll find numerous products marked "vegetarian" or "certified vegan." It can be difficult to know what's what! Below are brief definitions to help guide you.

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Nutrition Made Easy for Vegan Teen Athletes

Being a vegan teen athlete is not complicated. It is easy for teens to receive proper nutrition for sporting events by eating a variety of foods.

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Have You Tried Powdered Peanut Butter?

Nut butters are so popular today that you can even make your own fresh peanut butter, almond butter or macadamia butter at many health food stores. With all of these wonderful choices, why would anyone eat something called "powdered nut butter"?

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Quick Facts on Using Flax

Many of us hear about the health benefits of adding flax to our diets, but how do can that be accomplished. Of course it depends on your lifestyle, but since mine is pretty crazy I’ll give you some suggestions.

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The Power of Sunflower

I love being the conduit between the doctor's visit and the grocery store for families with food allergies. Some children must go on multiple eliminations and a family's first list usually focuses on foods a child cannot eat. Parents are shell shocked. “What do I feed my child then? You have taken everything out!” Enter the dietitian with her superhero cape!

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Is a Meatless Diet Enough?

No matter how prolific the evidence nor how well presented our website, there will always be someone who asks, "Can a vegetarian diet provide enough?" Enough might mean enough protein, enough variety, enough nutrients, enough of whatever the questioner fears might be lacking.

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Summer Produce All Winter Long

You're heard of the ant who works all summer, saving food for the winter while the lazy grasshopper just watches. It was that enjoyable, old Aesop's fable. Growing up, I would sometimes visit my grandparents' farm in Turkey. What I saw there was this same practice of saving summer produce for the winter. It was not just a fable though; it was a way of life.

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How to Transition to a Plant-based Diet

Making the change from the standard American diet to a plant-based one may seem daunting, but with just a few gradual changes you'll be eating a healthier, more satisfying diet before you know it.

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11 Principles of Healthy Living for All

As a registered dietitian, it’s my job to help people figure out what works for each individual and their body. Everyone is different and there is no one-size-fits-all diet. However, I do believe there are some general principles that are beneficial for everyone.

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Why Even Health-Conscious Consumers Have Unhealthy Diets

It's a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare, such as a heart attack or a diabetes diagnosis. Still, in many cases that may not be enough.

Is Sugar Bad for Cancer Patients?

Cancer is a wake-up call that no one wants. Many of my patients come to me early after a diagnosis to learn about diet changes that may improve the outcome of their treatments and to fight the chance of cancer recurring. Nearly every cancer patient I meet asks me about sugar.

The Power of S.M.A.R.T. Goals

How did I end up going from high school track dropout to a half marathon runner? Well, I set a goal. As a registered dietitian working with patients to reach their health goals each day, I always encourage each and every patient to leave our session with at least one S.M.A.R.T. goal. Why? Because it gives you something to work towards and a guiding plan on how to get there

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Family-Style Meals Help Raise Healthy Eaters

Eating together is a great way to boost your family's nutrition, expose kids to a variety of foods, and help everyone catch up at the end of the day. But how we serve food at family meals also matters. In my family, we have been doing meals family-style for about three years. And none of us wants to go back to pre-portioned-style eating.

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How to Be Polite When Eating at a Japanese Restaurant

You may not know a lot about Japanese dining etiquette. Most Japanese probably don't know everything about dining American-style, either. But there are a few things you should know before the next time you visit your favorite Japanese restaurant.

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Strawberry and Rhubarb's Spring Fling

If you haven't tried rhubarb before, you’ll absolutely love it in this recipe. Raw rhubarb has a texture similar to celery, but the flavor is super tart. When cooked down with strawberries, however, it becomes a sweet and tangy jam. Basically, a flavor match made in fruity heaven!

Why I Changed to the RDN Credential

I must confess: When the optional change of our profession's credential from "registered dietitian" for "registered dietitian nutritionist" was announced, like many others, I wasn't so sure about it. After all, we have worked so hard to put "RD" and "registered dietitian" on the tips of the public's tongues as they seek out credible nutrition advice. But after hearing Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President Ethan Bergman speak at the MINK Conference in April, I was convinced.

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